Many will agree that performing yoga exercises and routines outside bring an added layer of experience to the activity, both physically and mentally.
THE PHYSICAL SENSES pick up the motion of the wind, sounds, air, smells, and temperature are far more outdoor than in a controlled indoor environment. An outdoor environment can be particularly helpful when practicing yoga, especially breathing techniques and meditation. As a result, some common locations make great spots to practice yoga, depending on the weather and the time of day.
The Local Park
Just about every city and town has a green park with wide space available to the public. That said, parks have different levels of activity each day. For yoga and meditation practice, the early morning can be the best time to be at a park.
The sunrise helps warm the area, the park itself is usually empty and peaceful, and sometimes the local animals will even show themselves before retiring for the daytime. Granted, many times the grass is wet so bringing a mat might not be a bad idea. Then again, some experts argue performing yoga in natural settings only enhances muscles to compensate for the differences in the ground surface.
CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK CITY IS A FAVORITE LOCATION FOR CITY LOCALS ?
In many big cities, most of the buildings are flat rooftops, which make a good outdoor surface versus traveling anywhere else. On a good day, these locations enjoy outdoor weather high above the street level and plenty of air and sun.
A yoga practice can easily happen on a building top with good body mats. Just make sure the building manager or landlord is okay with the regular roof access.
For yoga with a view, hilltops make great locations, bringing focus on a wider environment at a distance. They allow the practitioner to be away from passerby’s but still be able to see everything from almost a 360-degree perspective.
This type of location can be particularly interesting with the wind, air, breathing, sun warmth, and solitude. Mount Tamalpais in Marin, California, is a major destination for many but local small hilltops work just as well.
Practicing yoga on a lake beach can be very enlightening. The sound of the water from the lake provides a natural rhythm that can be used for meditation and focus, as well as a breathing practice. The morning time tends to be the calmest period as well as the evening twilight period for most large lakes.
Going to the Ocean
Along the same lines as a lake, going to the ocean beach can be another good yoga location. ?
The wind off the ocean provides an extra sensory stimulation especially with the sea salt flavor ?
Many who live near the coast regularly practice yoga on an ocean beach when the weather is good. Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California, is one example of city dwellers. Hawaii also has several secluded spots which are beautiful to meditate in.
Most campsites tend to be in secluded areas out in the country or rural areas. Once settled in, a person can easily find a peaceful, secluded location at a campsite to practice yoga forms and focus without interruption. Just watch out for wildlife in more secluded areas.
Your Own Backyard
For those just starting yoga, a personal backyard place can be the perfect outdoor location to practice in. It allows a new person to understand how the outside environment can entirely change the sensory experience while practicing a yoga form.
The backyard also provides a sense of privacy or safety…
if a person is worried about unexpected interaction while meditating. Not to mention, when finished, getting a drink or something to eat is just a matter of stepping inside.
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